Land

Rheinmetall and BAE Systems have launched a UK-based joint venture that will play a major role in manufacturing the Boxer vehicles for the British Army.

One of the surprises of the recent federal election campaign was Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s promise to acquire 30 Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPH), and to build them in Geelong, should a coalition government be re-elected.

Army’s 16 Air Land Regiment is now simply 16 Regiment Royal Australian Artillery, just one of a number of changes being implemented as the unit upgrades its current equipment and prepares for that to be replaced in the early 2020s by a National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).

OPEC Systems has signed a $23 million contract with Leidos Australia to support the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defence project under Land 2110.

Four months ago, the forecast was sunny for Land programs scheduled to reach Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2019.

CASG has received the first two R400S Mk2 D-HD-3X Remote Weapon Systems to be used on the Boxer vehicles.

Japanese troops have successfully fired two FH-70 howitzers out to 25 kilometres for the first time.

Once again the ANAO has not sugar-coated its view on how Defence is handling Land 200, a multi billion-dollar program to modernise Army into a 4th generation force.

Hanwha Defence Australia announced teaming arrangements for its Land 400 Phase 3 bid in Melbourne on May 23.

Defence has released a tender for a new SUAS ‘plus’ for use by Army battlegroups, Special Forces, and Regional Force Surveillance Units.

Over 300 Defence industry representatives gathered in Canberra yesterday to get an update from senior Army capability leaders.

The argument for self-propelled guns has been sharpened, but it is unclear how 30 guns will be split across the ADF and whether Hanwha will choose to partner with Raytheon on the build.

The government is resuscitating a program to acquire self-propelled howitzers for the Army with signs of support from Labor.

The first orders for artillery shells from the Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions Forging Plant in Maryborough have been confirmed by the German Bundeswehr.

Harris Defence Australia has signed a contract to deliver a mobile tactical command system for the NZ Army.